Thabo Motlamelle hears from Tsietsi Kori why he misses mountain life but
likes the city comforts.
Date published: 02/09/2003
Studio in: The mountain people of Lesotho have experienced dramatic
changes in their lives since work began there on a major hydro-electric
power project. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project has meant that around
twenty-thousand people are set to be relocated from their highland
communities to make way for a series of huge dams. But mountain life has
not always been static in any case. The need to supplement meagre
agricultural incomes has meant that men in particular have often moved
away from their mountain homes to work. Many have spent long periods for
instance in the mines of South Africa, though that is now changing.
Economic necessity then is one reason for migration to the lowlands and
cities but if you can take the people out of the village, you can't
always take the village out of the people ! Thabo Motlamelle has been
talking to mountain men, women and children who are now resident -
either all or part of the time - in the capital city, Maseru. In the
first of these encounters, Thabo meets Tsietsi Kori.